Harry Kalas, long-time Phillies announcer, dies at age 73
WASHINGTON - Legendary Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas has died.
He was 73.
"We lost our voice today," team president David Montgomery said. "He knows the game and made a tremendous contribution to the sport and to our organization . . .
"Anybody who has played for us, it's an immediate point of connection with the club. He is the Phillies."
The Phillies were told the news at 1:20 p.m.
Memorable event in Kalas' broadcasting career:
• Six no-hitters
• Mike Schmidt's 500th home run on April 18, 1987
• Every one of Steve Carlton's starts from 1972 to '86
• Pete Rose's 3,631st career hit on Aug. 10, 1981 (which broke Stan Musial's NL record)
• First game at the Houston Astrodome, April 12, 1965
• First game at Veterans Stadium, April 10, 1971
• First game at Citizens Bank Park, April 12, 2004
• Was in his 43rd year as a MLB broadcaster
• Phillies broadcaster since 1971; member of original Astros broadcast team in 1965
• Inducted into the broadcaster's wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002
• Named Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year 18 times